October 26, 2009

Mullen unhappy with officiating

Dan Mullen can understand missing a call at live game speed but when it comes to a review on instant replay he finds it hard to excuse.

The first-year Mississippi State head coach expressed his frustration with Southeastern Conference replay official Dan Dembinski during his Sunday teleconference with the media.

The play Mullen referred to occurred when Florida linebacker Dustin Doe intercepted Tyson Lee on a tipped pass and returned it 23-yards for an apparent touchdown. But Doe began as Doe began to high-step into the end zone, Brandon McRae appeared to have stripped him of the ball before he crossed the goal line.

The play was ruled a touchdown on the field and upon a review upstairs was confirmed giving the Gators a 29-13 lead with 8:25 remaining. If the decision had been overturned MSU would have got the ball at their own 20-yard line trailing by 10 points.

"I don't even know why we have replay right now in the Southeastern Conference if they're not going to utilize it," Mullen said. "That's twice now that they've blown calls on the replay with our games, resulting in big plays, and I think that's inexcusable for that official. I hope he's severely punished if he ever works another SEC game again, because I think it's completely unacceptable.

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